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Writing Competitions

Writing competitions are a great way for students to sharpen their legal writing skills, get published, and possibly win cash prizes.

Please visit the AccessLex Institute for currently available legal contest opportunities.

Writing Competitions | AccessLex Institute

See also the American Bar Association's list of writing competitions and law student contests.


The Hon. Frederick E. McKelvey Memorial Scholarship Writing Competition
Entry Deadline: May 31, 2022 
The winner will receive a $500 cash award and a plaque. Two runners up will receive $250 and a certificate. More information can be found here
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2022
Entry Deadline: June 15th 
The first place winner will receive $3,000 with cash prizes for runner up and third place. More information can be found here. 
2022 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Entry Deadline: July 1, 2022
The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review


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